EFFECT OF ABA THERAPY ON AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Bushra Hanif, Dr. Safdar Rehman Ghazi, Dr. Gulap Shahzada
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a brain disorder. There are three major domains: social impairment, communication difficulties, repetitive behaviours which are mostly discussed and described. Autism is a big health issue. The main objectives of the study were: to diagnose and assess Autism Spectrum Disorder among students of age 3-15 years and to investigate the individual effect of ABA therapy on ASD students’ academic achievement of age 3-15 years. An observational sheet was adapted by criteria given by DSM-5 and criteria exemplar by Laura Carpenter. Urdu version of the observational sheet was also developed. A pre-test and a post- test were developed for children. There was a significance difference between control and ABA groups after therapy. The performance of ABA group was better than the control group.
Keywords: ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ABA Therapy, Academic Achievement